The Art of BEEing – summerizing

The bees are doing very well – no signs of pests or disease aside from a very few small ants on the feeder board.  I shifted the hive from winter to summer mode today – out with the bottom board, off with the solid top, out with the solid sugar feeder board (which had been only slightly touched), in with the liquid feeder, on with the screened top.  I noticed that the tops of most frames on the “honey super” were empty and there were lots of bees further down, so despite my plan of pulling the super and excluder  today in preparation for a long, hot, dry summer, I decided to leave the structure as-is for a few more weeks to let the bees finish cleaning out the cells before I actually start feeding.   I also added the summer shade devices as the afternoon sun is starting to get fairly warm.

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